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Bookshare is an online accessible digital library for print disabled readers. In 2007, it received an award of $32 million (over 5 years) from the US Government's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to make the service available for free to all print disabled students in the US.[1] [2] OSEP made another, similar sized award in 2012, to continue these services for another five years. [3]

Bookshare has more than a quarter million users [4] and over 220,000 books [5] in its collection, contributed by volunteers (who scan and upload the books to the site) and by major publishers (who send digital versions of their books to the collection).

Bookshare is a project run by Benetech, which is a nonprofit based in Palo Alto, California.


  1. ^ San Jose Mercury News (2007-10-19). "Big grant gives free 'books' to disabled". Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  2. ^ U.S. Department of Education. "2007 Annual Report to Congress on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part D". 
  3. ^ Nirvi Shah, EdWeek. "Bookshare Plans to Make Graphics, Math in Books More Accessible". 
  4. ^ "Springer Signs Agreement Granting Worldwide Digital Rights to Bookshare". Benetech. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  5. ^ "Bookshare home page". Benetech. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 

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